Tuesday, June 28, 2016

10 Minute Shelf Tutorial

Wow! I'm so excited about today's post. I'm going to show you how to make the CRAZY easy shelf I slapped together for our girls/ guest bathroom makeover.

Fabric hanging shelf  tutorial | House Homemade

I had all the supplies already but even if you have to go out an buy every piece, it couldn't be more than $10. Promise*. *I don't actually promise because I have no idea. But I do promise it's a cheap project. 

Supplies needed for this great feat of engineering are:

A screwdriver
A hammer
A level
2 mollies (those plastic thingys that go into the wall and help you hang heavy stuff when you can't screw into a stud.) My motto is, when in doubt, use a molly.
2 screws
2 metal washers (if you want to be fancy like me.)
2 strips of thick scrap fabric. Mine was mattress ticking. It's a very thick weight.
An iron (to make said fabric nice looking.)
A 1x4 (Mine was scrap from another project. That's why it has the back edge, but yours doesn't have to.)


The strips of fabric I used are 38" long by 2.5" wide. I used the iron to make the strips smooth but I also folded each side under and ironed it so that no raw edges were showing. The finished width was just under an inch thick.

Once I had my strips ready and before I turned the iron off, I folded each end over to create clean edges there too. I pressed them down for a hem like edge. "Hem like" because I didn't sew a thing. I did this for the nice edge but also I felt like it was a good idea to make the screws go through as much fabric as possible, creating a stronger shelf.  If you use a thinner material, this is important. I was thinking you could even use a thick ribbon as your shelf hangers but just make sure you are overlapping as many layers as possible for the stronger hold.


I started mounting it by first deciding where I wanted the shelf and installing one side first.  I hammered my screw driver into the wall to make a hole for the molly. Once the molly was in the wall, I put the washer down over my fabric and turned the screw through the fabric by hand (holding tight to all the piece of fabric so that nothing shifted). Once the screw was visible on the other side, I put it up against the wall and finished screwing it in. I used the washer, just for a bit more interest. I thought the screw alone might not look as clean and finished as with the added metal around it.

Fabric hanging shelf  tutorial | House Homemade

Fabric hanging shelf  tutorial | House Homemade

You can see the fabric folded over at the top in the photo above. Added stability. I'm talking stability for candles and a frame, not chin ups.

I looped the other piece of fabric through the left side of the shelf and used the level to make sure everything was even.

Fabric hanging shelf  tutorial | House Homemade

You don't have to worry about the shelf being centered because it never gets attached. It can be shifted any time.

Install the molly and hand twist the screw and get that puppy onto the wall. SO EASY. I feel like that was lots of supplies and steps but it really was up on the wall so quickly. AND it was so simple that I did it by myself and even had a hand to take these pictures. So there ya go.

Now I want a shelf like this in every room. I love it so much.

Fabric hanging shelf  tutorial | House Homemade

I kept it clean and simple with a candle, a fake succulent from Hobby Lobby (because I cant keep real ones alive) and a couple things from around the house.  
Fabric hanging shelf  tutorial | House Homemade

The frame was something that Nickerbean 1 picked out at my hubby's grandmother's house. I put water color art in it and mounted it above the shelf for some height.  It's strong enough to hold lots more but I didn't want to fill a shelf above a toilet with unnecessary things. Poor shelf got the most unfancy display space--above a toilet. At least the bathroom is pretty.


Anyway, that's it! Mommas, this is a nap time project. Heck, might even be a snack time project. So quick. If you make one, make sure to show me. Also, if I left anything out feel free to ask!

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

LuxeDecor Guest Post: Summer-Worthy Pops of Color Perfect for Every Space



Good morning! Today, I am swapping places with Amy Spagnola for LuxeDecor You can click here to read my tutorial for the layered paint look that I used on a farmhouse console table for my parents' house.  My post actually works well with this post because the palette for my parents house is mostly neutral with what?! Pops of color! So, hope you enjoy this post and make sure you head over to the LuxeDecor blog to read my 'how to'. 

Perhaps you’ve always been a bit shy with color. Maybe you feel that it won’t work with your design scheme or it will feel too forced or make others question your taste. Maybe you feel bright colors are reserved for loud places like amusement parks or children’s birthday parties. Wrong. Bold, big and beautiful colors can provide a neutral living space with fresh energy and joy while providing a perfect way to inject summer style into any home.

If you’re ready to ditch your color phobia and give your abode the rainbow treatment, read on for tips and tricks on making a splash with a dazzling array of hues.

 
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A sophisticated space has more warmth and levity with the addition of fuchsia colored pillows and bursts of yellow. Colorful paintings add to the feeling of an eclectic and creative space. Additional patterns and prints like zebra and florals give a living room a richer feel and more design zing.

 
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A home parlor feels exciting and inviting with brazen orange armchairs with flower print. Yellow accents and accessories, like bowls, curtains and flowers, add contemporary edginess that offsets the tangerine parade. A pink rug is an unexpected and feminine twist on a citrus palette.

 
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If you’re a bit timid about color, don’t fret; there are plenty of opportunities for adding hints of kaleidoscope within a space dominated by white. A TV hutch, white couch and white armchairs get a sophisticated tune up with fiery coral pillows and orange acrylic table. Pops of red add more dimension to a muted space and a burgundy blanket is a cozy finishing touch.

 
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For the brave, a pop of color doesn’t always have to mean vases, art and curtains. In fact, those with more daring can elect to create a whimsical space that will delight and dazzle. A dizzying Alice and Wonderland kitchen design includes lime green cabinetry and hot pink countertops. An orange lantern and white bar stools ground a space filled with lots of festive shades and funky colors.

 
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Besides hot pink and lime, there are other ways to add flavor to any kitchen. Mint colored cabinets are delicate and calming while walls colored in cantaloupe make for a sunnier space with more zest. Perfect for a summer transformation, new paint and wallpaper can revitalize and add charm to a space dedicated to food and family time.

 
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Style a serene summer bedroom space with a shamrock shades. Sky blue walls and hints of green help a sleep space feel bright and airy. Play with patterns and prints by adding striped window treatments and checkered pillows. Decorating with a matching striped bed skirt and pistachio bench adds more excitement to ordinary white bedding. Enjoy long summer days reading and relaxing in this beachy bedroom.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Get the Look: Anthropologie Vase

We've had this vase in the girls bathroom for years. The sticks inside of it were a part of centerpieces at our wedding 9 1/2 years ago. I love the vase and the colors but since the rest of the decor was changing (see the design board here) it needed an update.
Do you like it, displayed with children's mouth wash and the green toilet seat on the far right? We're fancy here.

I went straight to Anthropologie's website to see what amazing tricks they have up their sleeve. I love their stuff but not so much the price tag. This great vase was the one that inspired me. $88, people. What, is it made out of angel tears?! Just kidding, love you, Anthropologie.
Listras Vase

So, mine and theirs are a similar shape. I got started by painting a few coats of cheap craft paint in navy-ish blue. I could have spray painted but it's more expensive and not already available at my house. It's probably more durable but this vase never gets handled so I didn't think durability was an issue.


And then, I got so EXCITED, that I forgot to take a picture of the just blue vase... Sorry.  I used a paint marker to free hand some stripes from top to bottom on the vase. It was looking good but I wanted skinnier stripes and more stripes.

I got out a chip brush. They're like the cheapest paint brushes you can buy and the bristles are really uneven and sparse which I knew would give me the texture I wanted.


I used small amounts of white paint and lightly brushed it over the surface of the vase. You can see that it didn't help me camouflage the vases pattern but it did give me the look I was going for. I went back over it once more with a coat of blue and viola. I love it!

Anthropologie vase knock off; bathroom makever | House Homemade

You can still see the pattern a bit but for $87.50 less, I'll let it slide.

Anthropologie vase knock off; bathroom makever | House Homemade

* the awesome clay shoe was done by my sweet hubby in high school. Thanks to my in-laws for keeping good stuff like this. Also, I think it needs an air plant inside..

Anthropologie vase knock off; bathroom makever | House Homemade

Anthropologie vase knock off; bathroom makever | House Homemade

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Guest Bathroom Reveal

Over Memorial Day weekend, I finished the girls' bathroom. It helps that they were gone almost 2 full days. Productivity really spikes when that happens. I am so happy with the way it turned out and even more happy that I did the whole thing for under $85. That's paint and the whole bit.

I have a bunch of tutorials for a bunch of DIY projects in here. But today, I just want to show you the 'after' pictures. (See all of the before pics here)

One more of what it looked like last week:

and $85 and some hard work later:

Vintage Boho Makeover for under $85 | House Homemade

Pretty different huh?! The walls and ceiling got a fresh coat of paint in Sherwin Williams 'Alabaster'. I love the color. It's fresh and bright but not too stark. I couldn't believe how much lightened up the space. The light shade you see is a planter that was in our garage. I sprayed it gold and hung it up there. I had plans to DIY one but it didn't seem sturdy enough and I decided to try something else. I like it. It's funky.

I showed you this butterfly print on my design board and it is a perfect mix of vintage, girly and cheapness because I painted and reused the frame and was able to have it printed at Staples for about $1.50. It brought together all of the colors I wanted in the room and I repainted the mat navy blue for the last pop of color I was incorporating. The link takes you to a free archive of vintage prints. AWESOME.

Vintage Boho Makeover for under $85 | House Homemade

I framed a watercolor print done by each girl which made them really happy. The one above is by Nickerbean 1. I used a jar to display her rock collection too. That kid and her 'collections'.... the colorful rocks I don't mind but some are a stretch.

Vintage Boho Makeover for under $85 | House Homemade
I painted the book shelf with my paint sprayer for a quick change and added the triangles to the canvas bins. (I'll do a tutorial for that too. So easy a middle schooler could do it. I used to teach the process to them.. That's how I know.)

I didn't realize it until I was putting the room back together but the shower curtain was ridiculously short. I don't know if it's because I'm used to the 8 ft. one in our bathroom or if that's why it made it's way to a thrift shop but it was waiting for a flood.. I used some fabric, ahem an extra sheet curtain, and sewed it to the top of the shower curtain. AND added some white pompoms because how happy are they?!

Vintage Boho Makeover for under $85 | House Homemade

The vintage stool that was my hubby's grandmothers, works so much better on this wall. I made this towel rack out of scrap wood and some Hobby Lobby hooks that I bought probably 6 months ago.. I made the hooks off centered just like the inspiration one, which also made room for the stool. The cactus won't stay but it looks cool. : )

Vintage Boho Makeover for under $85 | House Homemade
 Bought a new/ old light from the ReStore for $12, spray painted it and took out the glass shades for just bulbs. Looks so much better than what was there even though it's an oldie too.

Vintage Boho Makeover for under $85 | House Homemade

I made over the little stool for the girls with fabric from the porch chairs I just recovered. And bought 2 new cabinet knobs on clearance at Hobby Lobby.

Vintage Boho Makeover for under $85 | House Homemade

Printed the 'just be you' print from here and made the macrame plant hanger out of a thrifted t-shirt. (tutorial coming soon). With Nickerbean 1 starting kindergarten and with raising girls in general, I feel like being reminded to be themselves is a pretty important message.

My favorite thing, made from scratch and from my own brain, was this shelf that I installed over the toilet. I'll write up a tutorial for that too. SO EASY and was free with leftover stuff I had in the craft closet and garage.

Vintage Boho Makeover for under $85 | House Homemade
That framed watercolor masterpiece is by Nickerbean 2. She was pretty proud when she saw it. That's a fake Hobby Lobby succulent but man, it looks real. And I won't kill it.

Vintage Boho Makeover for under $85 | House Homemade

I painted over the vase that was already in there so again, that was a makeover for the cost of a tiny bottle of craft paint.

I am so happy with how the room turned out. It's so gratifying to decide to change something and quickly get it done. Such a big difference in a few days of work.

Vintage Boho Makeover for under $85 | House Homemade

 It's fun and girly but also grown up enough to be a pretty, guest bathroom.

Do you have any cheap, quick makeover experiences that made a huge impact? Or even something that you put off forever and it made such a huge difference after you finally did it? Like laundry.. just kidding.

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Front Room Cha-cha-changes (Rug Switch Up II)

I got lots of love over the new rug on Instagram. It really is crazy how something like a rug can really change up a room.

Rug Switch Up | House Homemade

Remember the flowered rug I had in here?

Rug Switch Up | House Homemade

It's an awesome rug and since I found it on clearance at Homegoods, it's way better quality than what I paid for it. So, I moved it into the front room. It's just the pop of color the room needed.

Rug Switch Up | House Homemade

It breaks up the brown so much better than the brown that was there...imagine that..

Here's the rug that was in there:
Rug Switch Up | House Homemade

And how it looks now.
Rug Switch Up | House Homemade

I cleared out some baskets from under the armoire and simplified the pillows on the sofa too.

Rug Switch Up | House Homemade

The textured pillow case, I made by cutting up a hobnail blanket from an estate sale. I LOVE these blankets but it was just sitting in the closet and since I already had another one for the bed, I figured I might as well take advantage of that finge-y goodness and sew a pillow case.

The side table is a step stool from Ikea. I used to have it in the kitchen for the girls to stand on while I was making dinner but ladders + concrete floors + toddlers who don't listen are a bad combo, so I was hiding it in the closet. I figure re-branding it as a side table might make it seem less exciting.

Rug Switch Up | House Homemade

I also found a place for my $1 garage sale butterfly vase. It's so happy.

Yall, that skinny looking plant right here was given to me by the hubby on our first married Christmas (9 years ago). It was in a tiny little pot and it keeps growing taller but not any fuller. It's our 'love fern' so it will always be treasured by me.

Rug Switch Up | House Homemade

Almost everything in this picture was thrifted or found on Craigslist. This kind of decorating takes lots of time and patience but I think it's so much more fun this way.

Are you a constant switcher arounder of things? Any awesome area rug finds lately? Tell me all about it!

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Guest Bathroom Makeover Befores and Plan

Hope your long weekend was great! I'm so thankful for the men and women that serve our country selflessly. God bless the USA!

I can't believe I'm doing this but it has been a while so I feel like it's justified... I found a $2 shower curtain at a local thrift store which in turn inspired me to do an entire guest/girls' bathroom makeover. That sounds totally unnecessary and like a waste of money because the bathroom looks fine but I'm going to try and blow your mind with the makeover and especially blow your mind with the small amount of money I'll spend. We'll see!

I wanted to show you how the bathroom looks now, then I'll show you my plans.


I painted the walls this turquoise color probably 7ish years ago so in my book that's a really long time. The red cloth light cover was a quick fix about 2 seconds after we moved in and hasn't been touched since. I plan to switch that out with a diy light cover. The pink and red rug was a clearance buy at Ikea. I'm going to be looking for something smaller and more neutral.

The book shelf was a wedding gift. I painted it black and decoupaged fabric on the shelves probably 6 years ago too. I love the bookshelf as an added bit of storage. The big canvas baskets hold extra towels and washcloths. The yellow stool belonged to my husbands grandmother. He has memories of sitting on it as a little boy so I'm happy to have it in here as a little nod to them both.
 
I painted the vanity a couple years ago and I love the color so that will be staying the same. I also got sick of the mirrored light fixture and painted it black around the same time. Maybe I'll use the opportunity to actually replace it while I'm repainting. I have this really bad habit of mixing my own wall paint colors which is money saving at the time but then you can never match it when you need to paint over large rectangles left by big ole lighting.  

This towel rack was from Hobby Lobby. Very recently, it fell off the wall and lost its 4 and 5. I made it work with this 60%, but I'm going to be making something new for this space. You can also see in the picture above, that we don't even have a shower curtain in this room. Our girls only take baths still so I took it down a couple years ago. Not having it there, visually blocking space, really makes the room look huge too. But, shower days might be around the corner so this is a perfect time for an update.

I told you it was a shower curtain that spawned this entire update so let me show you that first.
I found this picture on pinterest via world market but it's no longer available. It's a linen looking color and the purple drew me in on behalf of my purple loving big girl. I love the extra detail of the orange embroidery too. I first picked it up just thinking about turning it into pillows but the more I thought about it and looked at it, I wanted it in the bathroom.

Ok, here's the plan:



I'm going to make the space mostly neutral with a few pops of fun color. I'll bring you tutorials on everything I make and hopefully show that making over a room doesn't have to cost a lot of money for a big impact.

Wish me luck! Especially because I decided to start this now that it's summer meaning my girls don't go to preschool twice a week meaning I'll be doing it in between naps, snacks and backyard sprinkler fun.

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